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What Happens in London by Julia Quinn

July 27th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


I give this a 4 out of 5 stars.

Description: Rumors and Gossip . . . The lifeblood of LondonWhen Olivia Bevelstoke is told that her new neighbor may have killed his fiancee, she doesn’t believe it for a second, but, still, how can she help spying on him, just to be sure? So she stakes out a spot near her bedroom window, cleverly concealed by curtains, watches, and waits . . . and discovers a most intriguing man, who is definitely up to something.Sir Harry Valentine works for the boring branch of the War Office, translating documents vital to national security. He’s not a spy, but he’s had all the training, and when a gorgeous blonde begins to watch him from her window, he is instantly suspicious. But just when he decides that she’s nothing more than an annoyingly nosy debutante, he discovers that she might be engaged to a foreign prince, who might be plotting against England. And when Harry is roped into spying on Olivia, he discovers that he might be falling for her himself . . .

I am a huge fan of Quinn’s Bridgerton family series but I was a little disappointed with her Wyndham books so I was a little leery about this book. I am glad to say this was a thoroughly enjoyable book and more along what I had come to expect from Julia Quinn.  I loved both Olivia and Harry as well as the other characters such as Olivia’s twin brother, Winston, and Harry’s cousin, Sebastian.  I am happy to see Sebastian’s story is due out next year and hopefully Winston’s story will follow shortly.  The whole fiasco of Olivia spying on Harry was hilarious and I seriously laughed out loud at another spot that involves a man who man one day become an earl enacting out a scene from a “lurid gothic novel” for a group including a foreign prince.  Now if that doesn’t peak your curiosity I don’t know what would.  This was a delightful read full of the wonderful humor you come to expect from Quinn.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Romance

9 Responses

  1. Kelly B

    This sounds awesome! Thank you for the great review!

  2. Pam

    Haven’t read any of her work. Will have to check it out, I love series that are backed up for me and I can read several in a row.

  3. dsuzuki

    I know, none of this waiting around the for next book stuff :)

    The Mallory family series by Johanna Lindsay is also really good.

  4. Caffey

    I adore Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton books too and know I got more to catch up of hers. I haven’t gotten the Wyndham books yet. I’ve notice that many were really happy with this one too! You do fab reviews!

  5. dsuzuki

    Thanks Caffey! If you are catching up I would read this one before the Wyndham ones. I really didn’t think those were as good.

  6. Jenn M.

    I haven’t read any of her books, but I am intrigued. Where should I start? the Bridgerton Series?

    Your site is bad for my TBR list! I have been looking through your older reviews and saying, “Ooooh I need that one! Oooooh that one too….”

  7. dsuzuki

    LOL. Definitely start with the Bridgerton series. I read The Viscount Who Loved Me first even though it’s not the first in the series and it is my favorite. I would read the rest in order though because there is one character that you will learn a lot about through out the entire series and finally get to find out their real identity in one of the more recent books.

  8. Lorie Shewbridge

    Sounds intriguing, I don’t usually like British stories, but you make this one sound really good. I’ll have to try it! Thanks for the review.

  9. Belle

    I have not read any Julia Quinn, but I love the storyline of this one!

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